Ted Vaden, the public editor at the News & Observer who once recommended the Mallard Fillmore cartoon be canceled due to excessive Obama bashing, announced he is leaving the paper for a job in state government.
Ted Vaden, The News & Observer's public editor, is ending his 32-year career at the newspaper to take charge of communications at the state Department of Transportation.
Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced Vaden's appointment today as deputy secretary for communications, a new post at DOT.DOT announced a hiring freeze last fall, but Conti received Gov. Beverly Perdue's approval for the new hire.
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UPDATE: As noted in the N&O article, his new salary is $117,000. Thanks to readers who pointed this out.